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  1. I finally figured it out!

    I finally got it! I'm building my first house, the Orchid.  I literally sat and stressed for hours yesterday about the stairs, which were horrible and splintery and way too big really for the housel. So I found angieaug's video on youtube and the lightbulb went on. I cobbled together a set this morning that fits like I want and she made it easy as pie. Eating pie that is, lol. So thanks to her! They are drying but I need to figure out wallpaper and stuff before I put them in permanently. 
  2. Hi there! I just purchased an Orchid kit that I’m very excited to build and wanted to join this community to chat about it! I have one unfinished dollhouse that’s just too big for my current home (it’s 32” wide and I needed something smaller), so I decided to start over again. By day, I’m in marketing and I live with my fiancé and our two cats in Madison. I also like to read, write, play video games, watch TV, and see live music. Nice to meet you all!
  3. First Build Finished!

    Hi Everyone! I gave my brother the haunted cottage as a surprise last week and he loved it! I made a lot of the interior items myself and used kits for the fridge and stove. This was SO much fun to do, I'm considering doing a larger one next.  Again, I want to thank everyone who helped guide me thru with their tips and suggestions. This is a wonderfully supportive forum! I'll post Missy   
  4. Hi, new member here and wanted to introduce myself. I built a Harrison for my daughter several years ago; and although I was in over my head for a first timer, I enjoyed myself so much I wanted to build another one although I couldn’t justify building one if I wasn’t making it for someone (I’m not a collector (yet)). It’s been about 8 years, but I’m jumping back in with an Orchid kit that I’m kind of envisioning as a beach cottage. I’m excited for my winter project and really grateful for all the expertise and inspiration I’m finding here. I live in Virginia just outside of Washington DC.  
  5. Omitting stairs

    This weekend I decided I’m all in on dollhouses and will have 2 under construction at once. I dry fit and started assembly on my Orchid. (This is to put off dealing with getting the electrical done on my RGT bungalow. I have 4 out of 7 lights installed and working, but each has been a project in itself!) i had been debating omitting the stairs on the Orchid since it’s such a small house and stairs in the kit are very basic. Well now I’m committed as I put the second floor on backwards, which would place the stairs in front of the bay window. So...how do I, or do I even need to, fill in the hole? I plan to plank the upstairs and I could wallpaper the ceiling below but I feel like I ought to stick a piece of wood in there.
  6. Gingerbread Orchid House

    Just in time for Christmas in July, I have finished building and decorating the Greenleaf Orchid as Santa's Gingerbread House. Mrs. Claus, Santa and his brother Krampus live in this house with the elves where they make toys, check the naughty and nice list, sip tea and eat cake. The house includes a study, workshop, family room and bedroom. Started building last December, now 8 months later, I was helped in making design decisions by my 4 year old daughter, who loves to play with "Gingy". We've been cranking up the music box which plays "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and eating spice drops while playing.
  7. Orchid Finished!

    My first build, an Orchid that was a Christmas gift from my sister is finished! More or less, do they ever get completely finished? Still have some decorating and furnishing to do. I learned a lot from my first build. 1. My Bff's were painter's tape, emery boards and the weights from my knitting machine 2. Template for the roof! Also, this house comes with shingles. The directions said to place them no closer than 1/2". So I placed them 1/2" apart and ran out. The majority of the back is hand cut from the waste on the edges of the shingle sheets. The bay window was a complete fudge. 3. Don't skimp on sanding. There are places I wish I'd spent more time on this step. 4. Don't throw anything away. Little bits and pieces come in handy for repairs or trim. I had a blast and for the most part am pleased with the results. Thank you to Holly, Mike, Inge and others who answered my questions and provided inspiration. My next project will be a boarding house bash with Pierce and Primrose. I'm already losing sleep over it!
  8. Howdy everyone, I'm currently working--slowly but surely--on my first house (surprise!) The Orchid. I was wondering, has anyone tried to modify the side sheet containing the bay window to suit French doors? I've swapped the side sheets, in favor of more wall space in the "parlor" (the larger room to the left), so now the bay window would look in on the small kitchen under the stairs. I'd prefer to "open up" the space by allowing more light in; also, I must admit I don't love the idea of working hard to build that bay window if it isn't going to be a focal feature. Relatively long story somewhat shorter, have any of your found that it was possible to convert the bay window into a space fit for French doors? If so, how? Any and all guidance is deeply appreciated! Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday!
  9. Hi all! I'm new here but have loved dollhouses all my life starting with the one my dad made me when I was 8. I finally decided to buy one just for me to decorate and I'm starting with an Orchid/Primrose bash. This is my third attempt at building a dollhouse. The first one was in college and was just a mess because I didn't have a good space and was working out of someone else's home (I was renting a room). The second was the HUGE Beacon Hill that I made but never 100% finished for my daughter. She never did play with it much but it ended up looking ok. Just a few things never got finished. This time around I'm going "small" but I'm going to do it the way *I* want to do it and take my time. My plans are to make this Orchid into a French country farmhouse/cottage with a modern farmhouse chic interior. Very excited to get this going! I did my first dry fit last night with both kits. I've decided not to do the large gable in the middle of the house and that large gable section just doesn't work with what I'm going for. I plan to keep the dormers though because those do. The outside of the house will be made to look like it's made of that beautiful golden french limestone. It will be a bit of work but I think it will look great in the end. I plan to make it using textured cardboard pieces that will then get colored with chalk pastels.  The fishscale shingles will be changed to square ones and textured to look like shale. I'm leaving off all the gingerbread work and simplifying the window trims too. Sorry all you gothic architecture lovers! For the addition, I will not punch out the door, only the windows and I will raise the roof pitch to match the main part of the house. It should be pretty easy to just cut out a new panel for that side of the house to make it all fit right. The interior of the house has gone through some planning, replanning, and replanning. I had originally thought I would bump out the right side of the house (when looking at it this way). I even went to the trouble to cut the bump out out but I just didn't like it and I couldn't figure out a way to deal with the stairs that made me happy. I know some people just leave them off but I KNOW that would just irritate me to no end. My original plan was to have the bump out on the right for the kitchen and use the addition for the bedroom and bathroom. The upstairs would be a studio area and storage area. Once I saw everything put together, I decided to scrap the plans for the upstair and just dedicate that to the bathroom (second level of addition) and bedroom (second level of main part) and make the bottom part of the addition the kitchen and the large part of the main house the living room/dining room.  To do that, I'll cut an opening between the main house and the addition. Sad to lose to studio area but perhaps I will find room for it somewhere. I don't want to lose the bay window so that will be moving to the right side of the house but closer to the front. And for those of you who are observant, my other hobby is sewing and I'm a giant Star Trek nerd
  10. Marble Counter top test

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    I came across a cool tutorial on how to mix Fimo to make a more realistic marble. The marble in the tutorial was opaque but I kind of wanted something that was a bit more translucent. Almost like alabaster. The process of doing this is a bit too much to explain here but I think they came out really cool. The mix on the right is the one I'm going to end up using. It's still translucent but more white. The one on the left is really cool but a bit too yellow for the kitchen. 
  11. Hello, my daughter and I got a free dollhouse that we are turning into a fairy house. I am not sure what it is....    That inspired me to buy an Orchid kit to turn into a Haunted House.  I am having troubles figuring out if I should paint before assembling? Is there anything else I need to do before assembling?
  12. I am working on wallpapering individual pieces of a tower (Harrison) and am trying to figure out how much paper I need for the entire room. Math class was a really long time ago...I know I knew this at one time. Can anyone help? I do not need to know how to measure the tower walls because I know I have enough wallpaper to do them; as they are laid out side-by-side on a table in my family room. However, I do not know if I have enough wallpaper for the other walls and if I do not, then I need to know how much of another pattern to buy. My other situation: I want to have a crown molding on my walls in my Harrison and in the Orchid I am making. How do I determine the amount of molding, chair railing etc. if I am using a miter to create the corners? Does the angle of the corner determine how much extra I need beyond the length of the wall. My Orchid just has square walls so the angle will be mitered at 45 degrees? Right? So if I am cutting crown molding for my Harrison tower which is 5 pieces the angle for the corners will be different and does that make the length of the molding different? I am hoping that someone can understand my ramblings and possible run-on sentences!! Thanks for your patience.
  13. Warped floor

    From the album Orchid Shabby Chic

    I had a few other projects I was hoping to finish by now, but I spent the last few weeks telling myself I could open up the kit during Spring Break. Yesterday I broke out the kit and started popping out the pieces so they could be painted, sanded, etc. The main floor of the dollhouse is warped - not terribly, but I need to do some research about how best to fix it before I glue anything else in place.
  14. Dry fit

    From the album Orchid Shabby Chic

    After some pointers from a group I'm in, I was able to use painter's tape to hold the pieces up enough to get a good look at the dry fit. I plan on building on to each side of the Orchid (as of right now, anyway) and I think I will use the bay window opening on the left side for a set of French doors instead. I had also originally imagined a spiral staircase in the house, but I need to figure out where it will go before I glue anything together. 
  15. Hi everyone! I'm from Sydney Australia and received an Orchid kit for Christmas - very excited to start! I'm currently in the planning stages and am trying to work out what I'm going to do with the outside of the house. I saw a couple of posts on here with what looked like vertical siding (??) and really liked that but I have no idea what it is or how to use it. Any suggestions? Or if I go with regular siding, is it better to use the sheets of siding, or the single panels? Also, DH has a 3D printer so I'm planning to design and 3D print a different set of stairs in wood filament. Does anyone have any tips / experience for using 3D printed items in projects like this? I'm just in the very early stages of planning and figuring out my approach so any tips and suggestions gratefully received
  16. Final Dry Fit

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    After several days of doing Winnie the Pooh's "Think, think, think," I finally came up with a layout that I am happy with. I decided to forgo the main gable section of the Orchid and add a gable to the Primrose. to add the gable to the Primrose, I simply used the gable pieces from the Orchid as a template and cut new pieces. After that I found the center of the roof and cut that hole. Thankfully my Dremel lived long enough to get that done (may it rest in peace :'( )
  17. Faux stone tiles

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    One night I got creative and decided to try my hand at making some faux stone. I can't remember where I saw the idea for this but it was on the internet. I had some art paper laying around the house so I cut a base piece and then glued shredded up pieces of art paper to the base piece and then cut it up into rectangular tiles. I mixed them up so the lines didn't match up and then lined them up. It's a really simple project and i'm happy with how my test turned out so I plan on using it throughout the first floor of the house.
  18. Chandelier lit up

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    Here is the chandelier lit up. I really like how it looks lit up. I might make a small one for the upstairs that looks like my own small hanging lamp that I got in Turkey. I think I could do that pretty easily with some bead caps and one of the miniature glass jars I got last night when I got the miniature mason jars for the dining room.
  19. Custom Chandelier

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    Farmhouse chic has a pretty specific style of lighting that usually combines simple lights with unusual fixtures. I just haven't found anything I like online because the vast majority of it is Victorian fixtures and doesn't work with what I'm trying to do. I have pretty eclectic decor in my own home thanks to many years of international travel so I like to look for interesting designs. I found a couple really cool looking sliding bracelet clasps that reminded me of the metal lanterns I've seen in souks around North Africa and the Middle East. I put them together with super glue and a lame attempt at soldering and then added chains from an old necklace. After that it was just a matter of adding in a salvaged light bulb from a light fixture I already had and voila! An eclectic chandelier.
  20. New Primrose Side

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    When I put the Orchid and Primrose together I realized that I needed to increase the roof line to match so I cut a new side piece and a new roof piece. I used one of the shutters from the front of the Primrose to lay out two narrow windows on either side of a chimney that I'll add on. The chimney will be there on the outside but on the inside it will just be a remnant as I plan on having a modern kitchen.
  21. New Window on the Orchid Side

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    I had hoped to keep the bay window but it just wouldn't fit anywhere else so I decided to keep the octagonal window from the main gable section.  I had initially lined it up at the same height as all the other windows but then realized it just didn't look right so I fixed it by elongating it. I'll just cut a few extra trim pieces to fix that. My plan for this is to make a stained glass window with some kind of cool design. Maybe a tree or even a peacock because I love peacocks.
  22. Inside Layout of the House

    From the album SewMini's Casa del Paó d'Or

    The inside of the house will be pretty basic in terms of layout. I cut the bay window opening on the Orchid to go to the floor to make a large opening between the two rooms on the lower level. I also cut a narrow doorway between the two rooms on the upper level. The layout will be: Lower Level Primrose: Kitchen Lower Level Orchid: Dining Room/Living Room Upper Level Primrose: Bathroom Upper Level Orchid: Bedroom
  23. Kit day

    From the album Orchid Shabby Chic

    This is the first picture I took, to remember the date. Plus my little helper (Binks) wanted to check it out. I was so excited to grab the kit for around $20. I am a full time student and on a limited budget; my plan is to DIY as much as I can! I already have a handful of ideas and started putting together a binder where I'll be keeping everything including my instructions, paint swatches, fabric swatches, and sketches. It will likely be a few more weeks before I am able to start construction so it is quite fun to work on my binder for the time being.
  24. Hello

    Hello, I'm new to the doll house community but am very excited to join. My daughter gave me the Orchid doll house for Christmas. I have been eying it everyday since the wondering when I would have time to start. Well... the time is now. I got laid off from work and have decided to taken on this wonderful project. I plan to work on my doll house during the times that I'm not looking for work. I live in Oshkosh, WI with my oldest daughter and her huge German Shepherd , Lobo. I am at the pre- stage of building my house. I opened the box and read the warm up sheet. I about to head out to the hobby shop to get a glue gun and all the other supplies needed. I am setting up my work area in an unused room. I just can't tell you how pumped up I am to begin my project. I'm off to the hobby shop . I will keep you updated.
  25. I'm in the process of planning the Orchid. It's going to be another couple of weeks before I can open the box and begin the actual build. In the meantime, I'm reading over the instructions, have read the community Orchid blog at least three times, looked at numerous pictures and posts, etc. Building an Orchid seems to be a 'rite of passage' for miniature builders as almost everyone has built one or more. What is the appeal of this house? One thing I've looked at is the unusual space in the Gable where the porch floor raises the second floor, prohibiting easy furniture placement and good use of space. I think the bed nooks, reading, and so on are cute, but would still like the floor to be even. I'm not seeing any bashing where this is done.  What are your thoughts?   Also, once I start the building, is it appropriate to make progress remarks on this thread, or is that better on the Blog section?